Town teams are positive and proactive organisations that include businesses,landowners and residents working collaboratively with their local government to improve a place or area, often a town centre or ‘main street’. They are catalysts for positive change and are focused on building relationships and practical actions to progress their area.
Town Team Movement has prepared ‘How To Guides’ and other resources to help start a new town team and assist existing town teams to become even more successful. This information is provided for free to existing or potential new town teams, but local governments and other organisations need to pay to access the resource hub.
If you are not sure if you are part of a registered town team, the current list of teams is available at https://www.townteams.com.au/town-teams/
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about accessing the Resource Hub if you are not an existing or new town team.
Town Team Charter and Commitments
The ‘Town Team’ terminology and concept is subject to copyright in Australia.
All Town Teams must commit to and act in accordance with the Town Team Charter. The charter is a shared story of what town teams are and how they should behave. It helps explain our movement’s collective values and expectations. It’s a summary of the ‘town team way’.
Town Team Commitments
To be a town team, you must live these commitments.
Town Teams are positive influences in their community and lead by example. They foster a can-do culture and build beneficial relationships wherever possible,
Town Teams are action-focussed and take some responsibility for improving their community and place. They help deliver actions, events or projects. They don’t wait for governments or “somebody else” to do “something”.
3. Apolitical and Independent
This approach is beyond politics. Town Teams do not advocate for or align with political parties or candidates. They are independent from governments, but work closely and constructively with them. They work for the benefit of their communities, not for individual or factional advancement.
Town Teams are open and inclusive to all, including people who live, work, run a business, own property or visit their area. They celebrate diversity.
5. Resilient and Sustainable
Town Teams help to create resilient, connected and sustainable places for current and future generations. This includes environmental, social, economic and governance components of resilience and sustainability. They also help create healthy and vibrant ‘places for people’.
6. Integrity, Honesty and Respect
Town Teams and their members operate with integrity, honesty and respect at all times.